Star Wars fans who like to attack the Prequels for a misguided falsehood that they were all green screen won’t like this new look at Rogue One’s effects.
American Cinematographer has a really great interview with John Knoll about the effects on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While the interview was conducted before the movie came out he couldn’t say much about Tarkin, although he did hint at it:
“There are incremental things on every show you work on, but there are a couple of larger areas on Rogue One. One of the challenges on this show is weâ€™re doing some digital-human work; we have a couple of scenes where there are characters that are human beings, but theyâ€™re digitally generated. Thatâ€™s been touched on in the past, but this is a fairly demanding application of that. So we did a lot of work on facial motion-capture tools, skin shading and those kinds of things. I think thatâ€™s going to get some attention when the film comes out.”
Even cooler is the interview has a few behind-the-scene images of the blue-screen effects done in the movie:
There are two others in the interview: one from Yavin IV and the other on Jedha, as well as an image showing a digital extension on Jedha to create the holy city. Check it out on American Cinematographer.